Castor Bean Oil, Organic
Botanical name : Ricinus communis
Extraction method / Source : Expeller Pressed / “Beans” Note : Castor beans contain a toxic protein called ricin. Heating during the extraction process denatures the protein, making it safe.
Shelf Life : 24 months or more, if stored in an airtight container away from heat and light. Refrigeration will increase the shelf life of all fixed oils.
Key constituents: Ricinoleic Acid 87%
Plant description : Botanical family : Euphorbiaceae The Castor plant is a perennial shrub indigenous to India, East Africa and the Mediterranean, which can grow to a height of 40 feet. Despite its name, the fruit is not a true bean. Also known as Palm Christie Oil.
Regions of Production : India
Growing Practices : Organically farmed. Plants are tested after harvest for purity.
Characteristics : Thick texture, pale color, distinctive scent, absorbs deeply, leaving a light protective layer on the skin.
Properties : Antifungal, anti-inflammatory, laxative, lubricant, lymph stimulant
Uses : Organic Castor Oil can be used topically to help support the treatment of conditions such as dry skin, fungal infections, nail fungus, rashes, hives, warts, boils and age spots. Apply twice daily until the condition subsides. For persistent conditions, seek medical advice. Popular uses of castor oil are lip balms and Castor Oil packs. Castor Oil packs can be used in conjunction with essential oils to help relieve back, joint or trauma pain, promote uterine and ovarian health, promote healthy digestion, stimulate the lymph system and support liver detox.
Safety : Nontoxic, GRAS , Castor oil stains fabrics.
History / Fun Facts : Castor oil was used by the early Egyptians, and is described in the Ebers Papyrus, an ancient medical text. The plant got its name from the Latin word for beaver. It is the substitute for an extract from the animal, which was formerly used as a perfume fixative.
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